Best of Valley Quest
Best of Valley Quest is a collection of 70 of the BEST Upper Valley treasure hunts. If you like exploration and adventure, you’ll love Best of Valley Quest! Follow intriguing maps and clues to find the Upper Valley region’s secret, special places—sites like Ben Thresher’s Mill, the Esther Currier Wildlife Sanctuary, Lyme Pinnacle, and the Justin Morrill Homestead. Whether you are a visitor to the Upper Valley or a life-long resident, Valley Quest is your ticket to adventure. A day out questing will help you discover and learn about the landscape and heritage we share.
At the end of each quest you’ll find—perhaps hidden in a stone wall or hollow tree—a treasure box containing a sign-in guest book and a handmade rubber stamp. Sign in and collect the impression of the stamp. Collect the impression of 20 different quest stamps and earn a colorful Valley Quest patch.
“The school children, teachers, land-owners and others who designed these quests have performed a genuine service and given something of real value to their communities. Their book is, in effect, a vital treasury of experience.” – Vermont Life
“… The Best of Valley Quest is the perfect guide to such experiences and to the many special places available in the Connecticut Valley.“ – Vermont Magazine
“So if you’re looking for something to do with friends, family or guests, try a quest. You might like it as a once-in-a-while activity…or you might get hooked.” – Kearsarge Magazine
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Quest of the Month
The August Quest of the Month is Village Green E in Woodstock, Vermont. Bring a pencil and paper to help you find the magic number! After you complete [...]
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Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant
Valley Quest, Food & Farm
Valley Quest, Food & Farm
— Lauren Griswold, Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant
Lauren Griswold joined Vital Communities in May 2017 to coordinate Power of Produce (POP) clubs at Upper Valley farmers' markets and farmstands. In August 2017 she became our Valley Quest and Volunteer Coordinator, in addition to her role as the Valley Food & Farm Program Assistant. Lauren grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Vermont in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in English and Environmental Studies. Her passion for sustainable agriculture took her out West, where she served as a garden educator in Bend, Oregon. After an enriching chapter in the high desert, Lauren is thrilled to be back in central Vermont. She is passionate about the rich communities and natural beauty of the Upper Valley, and enjoys engaging the next generation with wonder and enthusiasm about this special place. In her free time, Lauren can be found mountain biking, cross country skiing, gardening, knitting, and savoring meals with friends and family.